01/20/2017 – Traveling Across the Country

Hello everyone,

I am trying to get in a good habit of updating this blog daily. I plan on posting photos, videos and short blog updates. The blog will include where I am, what I am seeing and a synopsis of my travels.

As you can see writing is not my strong point. Please don’t judge me on my grammar or writing style. The main point of this blog is to update family and close friends. I also think it will be cool to look back at.

Anyway. I want to talk about how I’ve prepared to drive across the country. I have a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 that has been converted into a mini camper. I spent many months building a sleeping storage system in the back of my truck. It’s nothing fancy by any means but its good enough to call home for a few months on the road.

Armed with a old Tempur-Pedic mattress, heavy blankets and a 15 degree sleeping bag I plan to spend most nights sleeping out of my truck. I did my best to insulate the truck with cheap reflectix material. The idea of sleeping in my truck sounds cozy and relaxing but in reality I will be cramped and cold.

In addition to truck camping I also plan to do backcountry camping. I have wanted to do this my entire life. The thought of being in complete solitude surrounded by nature excites me. I’m sure the first few nights in the tent will be spooky but I want to challenge myself and push my comfort zone.

“What is John doing” is a question myself and family members have been asked leading up to my departure. The goal of this trip is to see national parks, cities and other points of interest. No I am not “finding myself”. I know exactly who I am and what I want in life. I want a change of scenery. I want to step out of my comfort zone. Most importantly I want to see the raw beauty of our great country.

Explore, create, sustain. This is my motto. During this trip I will be exploring new places, developing new friendships and learning new things. I will also be volunteering for WWOOF-USA (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms). WWOOF hosts have thousands of farms across the United States. Host farms offer lodging and meals in return for volunteering on the farm. Please visit their website to learn more about what they do.

Create. My trip has no official end point but I do plan on moving to a state out west. There I plan on getting a job that excites me as much as going on this trip. I want to create my own business idea and eventually start my own sustainable farm/ranch. Traveling and volunteering will teach me the skills needed to achieve my dream.

Sustain. My long term commitment is to live a healthy satisfying life. Our time on earth is short and I want to make the most of it. Not everyone needs a radical change like myself but if you have a dream follow it. My mother has taught me this my entire life. This past year made me realize how short it can be.

Thank you everyone who has guided, pushed and helped me get to this point. You know who you are.







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